Toshi wrote:Howdy all. Been a few months since I checked in here. I still don't have a job lined up for next year yet, but it's looking quite likely that I'll be in Portland, Denver, or possibly Medford/Ashland, as I have interviewed or will interview imminently in all of these places. In two out of those three locations I think I'll be continuing to drive an electric car for the foreseeable future!
Denver - assuming our current LEAF did ok the first winter shod with snow tires, I'd probably buy a new optioned-up SV when our current SL's lease ends in August 2015. Buying new anew would be only a little more expensive than buying used, because there is not only the Federal tax credit, which was factored into my current lease, but also an additional up-to-$6k (!) Colorado state tax credit as well.
So it turns out that I signed with the Denver outfit. It also turns out that I bought myself a used Toyota Land Cruiser a few months ago, with the LEAF primarily driven by my wife for baby-carting duties. I figure the Land Cruiser will make for a great skiing and biking vehicle, and I hope to do a lot of the same once out in Colorado.
The question then becomes what to replace the LEAF with, once said LEAF's lease is up in August 2015. One factor to keep in mind is Colorado (and Wyoming's) fabulously dirty electrical power:
The exact figure was 33 MPGghg for a LEAF-sized vehicle, iirc. Not good. Once we build or buy a house in Denver after renting for a year then we'll outfit it with solar panels so will address that concern.
I'm thinking that a Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive
might make for a good LEAF successor.
- 28 kWh (effective; possibly larger in absolute terms given all this talk about Range Plus charging options) Tesla battery and 174 hp from a Tesla motor
- NATIONWIDE DEALER SUPPORT now, and nationwide sales come "early 2015"
- about 7" more rear legroom than our LEAF, from what I can gather
It could work.
Meanwhile, I've dusted off the electric bike and have been commuting on it again when possible, in an effort to maintain what little fitness I possess. It's been working ok--still is a crappy electric motorcycle but a decent electric bicycle. The hills here in Seattle really push it to its limits, especially Yesler Way heading up to Harborview, for those who know the area. Oof.